For those of you under a rock last year a few stars got together to pitch the idea of a more realistic version of Mortal Kombat, under the subtitle ‘Rebirth’, fans basically exploded across the web wanting more..
Neverrealm ending up chucking out a webseries comprising of some of the original cast from Rebirth
Spoiler warning: Click below for a review of the first episode
Let me start with getting the main question out of the way: Rebirth this is not, well at least for this episode.
The opening starts pretty strong with Jax (Michael Jai White: Al Simmons – Spawn), Kurtis Stryker (Tahmoh Penikett: Helo – Battlestar Galactica), Sonya Blade (Jeri Ryan: Seven of Nine – Voyager) and Kano (Darren Shahlavi: Taylor “The Twister” Milos – Ip Man 2) taking center stage from this episode, the cast themself were stellar, even though they didn’t really look as their counterparts they were certainly believable as them, although Penikett wasn’t directly named as Stryker so unless you knew who is was playing to start with it was hard to tell who he actually was at first.
There was a lot going on for a 10 minute story, as you could see the core lore behind the characters is there and nods to Kano’s eye and both ninja cyborgs are there from the start, apparently there is nine episodes in total, so it’s possible for the whole thing to turn up as a direct to DVD movie with all 90 mins running continuously. The CGI with Sonya’s ‘spyware’ was good, the other effects like the blood wheren’t as over the top as you would have expected from the MK series, however this seems to be less about the flashy CGI and more about story (at least for now), sadly the whole gunfight left little actal hands on combat between Jax and Kano near the end.
Seeing as this is the season attempt at a live action series (see: Mortal Kombat: Conquest ) it’s not seeming at cheesy as the original, it will be interesting to see how the story unfolds and seeing the other actors play their parts in the other eight episodes, for now the first one sets up the story well but doesn’t have the ‘Kombat’ feel to it yet.